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Vital Stats

Engine:
Turbo 1.6L I4
Power:
201 HP / 195 LB-FT
Transmission:
6-Speed Manual
0-60 Time:
7.5 Seconds (est.)
Drivetrain:
Front-Wheel Drive
Curb Weight:
2,800 LBS
Seating:
2+2
Cargo:
34.7 CU-FT (max)
MPG:
24 City / 35 HWY
The Hyundai Veloster is indeed an automotive oddball, and that's part of the reason why we're so drawn to it. Even in base form, the Veloster is a cleverly packaged little wonder that's bursting with personality, and with the added grunt and visual aggression of the Turbo model, there's a lot to talk about.

Despite not really fitting into any one specific vehicle segment (unless you dump it into the all-too-vague "compact" class), the Veloster Turbo looks really good on paper, to say nothing of how it looks on the street. It's certainly a head-turner, and we're intrigued by the overall package of an oddly shaped three-door (or four-door?) with some forced induction motivation.

We've had a lot to say about the weird little Hyundai in the past, and we don't see the conversations about this car ending anytime soon. Thus, we've welcomed a matte gray example into the Autoblog long-term garage for one year of testing. This should definitely be interesting.
2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo
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Having the Veloster Turbo coated in matte gray adds another $1,000 to the car's bottom line.

So... matte gray. This is Hyundai's first endeavor into the world of matte paint finishes, and the automaker knows that it won't be for everyone. Having the Veloster Turbo coated in matte gray adds another $1,000 to the car's bottom line, and it requires a whole lot of special care. Basically, you can't take it through a car wash; you need to clean off road debris, tree sap and bird poo as soon as possible; and you can only use specific types of cleaners and towels when it comes time to give the car a thorough wash.

Upon purchase, Hyundai will provide customers with a special pack of matte paint cleaning products from Dr. Beasley's, and we've been given a kit of our own to ensure that we keep the gray finish in tip-top shape. We've already gone through the process of washing the Veloster Turbo once and, well, we'll save the full story for one of our monthly updates. We're going to try really, really hard not to wreck that pretty finish.

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Our primary reason for getting the matte paint: to see just how much of a pain in the butt it is to live with through all four seasons.

Our primary reason for getting the matte paint: to see just how much of a pain in the butt it is to live with through all four seasons. As you can see in these photos, the car is currently running through a cold, slushy, snowy Detroit winter, where the hazards of grime and road salt will be of particular interest when it comes time to test the car's cleanability. Stay tuned for more on that.

Paint aside, the Veloster's visuals will no doubt be one of the biggest talking points over our year with the car. Already, this thing is turning heads left and right, and while we're finding that the majority of folks love the way it looks, there's no middle ground with this one. If you don't love it, you hate it. We have yet to meet someone who's on the fence about that one.

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Moving inside, that cool exterior appearance carries over with a two-tone blue and black color scheme and plenty of visual flare. There are all sorts of curves and angles and odd shapes happening inside the car, though none sacrifices overall comfort or available amenities. We don't need to discuss the rear seats with the third door access yet again, but we'll be listening carefully to how passengers perceive the convenience of adding a sort of trap door to this svelte hatchback.

The final, as-tested price is a cool $27,250, including the $775 destination charge.

We've loaded our car up with all the bells and whistles, meaning the final, as-tested price is a cool $27,250, including the $775 destination charge. That means our car has Hyundai's $2,500 Ultimate Package that includes a panoramic sunroof, automatic headlamps, navigation system with a rear-view camera, and reverse warning sensors. On top of that, we ordered the optional carpeted floor mats ($95) and the stickier 18-inch Michelin Pilot Super Sport 215/40-series summer tires ($1,200). Since we're still trudging through the cold of winter here in Detroit, we've left the car's stock Kumho Solus KH25 all-season tires on the car for now, but come spring, we'll be interested to see how the better rubber changes the car's performance chops.

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Speaking of performance, like we said, the Veloster Turbo sure looks good on paper. Under the hood is a turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-four, good for 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. That's plenty of grunt for a car that only weighs 2,800 pounds. A Volkswagen GTI with 207 hp and 200 lb-ft weighs in at 3,034 pounds in base form, but while the GTI is a proven hot hatch wonder, this is Hyundai's first attempt at a turbocharged front-wheel-drive sports car. Looks like a proper comparison test may be in order.

We'll be nitpicking every facet of the Veloster's performance and everyday livability in our monthly updates.

We opted to spec our Veloster Turbo with the standard six-speed manual transmission rather than the conventional six-speed automatic (note: the Turbo does not use the same dual-clutch tranny as the naturally aspirated Veloster) since, well, it'll likely be more fun. In creating the Turbo model, Hyundai left the car's suspension tuning from the base model alone, though things like the steering, exhaust note, intake tuning and front brakes have been upgraded for this more potent hatch.

We'll be nitpicking every facet of the Veloster's performance and every day livability in our monthly updates, so stay tuned for the first one to hit in about one month's time. For now, follow along on our Facebook and Twitter pages for on-the-fly musings about our matte gray long-termer.


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      • 2 Years Ago
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      Cameron Huntsucker
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is actually NOT Hyundai\'s first turbo front-wheel drive sports car - Turbo Scoupe had a Garrett T15 in 1993
        Espo70
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Cameron Huntsucker
        Correctamundo! You best me to it.
      john
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like the overall shape, though there are a few exterior points that seem out of place. It's odd that 200hp / 2800 lbs is ok in this car, but the BRZ was belittled for it at every turn (for about the same money)
        domingorobusto
        • 2 Years Ago
        @john
        It's about the torque. This has ~50 more lb-ft, ~30% more than the 86 has. And the focus of this car is different. The Toyobaru is primarily a sports car that is resonably practical. The VT is an economy car that's reasonably sporty. So it's more OK for an economy car to be a little slow, because that's not its main purpose.
      Patrick
      • 2 Years Ago
      For that price it should have heated seats and a remote starter.
      Jaylgo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hyundai already tried bringind an FWD turbo which was called the Hyundai Scoupe.
        ammca66564
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jaylgo
        I'm sure Hyundai would prefer we all just forget that one.
      al4gg10
      • 2 Years Ago
      While this Velosters styling is distinctive both front & rear / the interior also has a nice look to it. What it comes down to for me is how the clutch / shifter feels .... is the shifter notchy hard to find gears ? Is the clutch throw long / hard to get used to the engagement ? Those answers have Never been a Hyundai strong point. Linking the driver to the controls of the car making shifting fun instead of a chore. Again this is not where Hyundai succeeds ! I'll take a more conservatively styled car that has a short shift pattern with easy to find gears & a light clutch feel over styling any day horse power / torque aside. Then ask does the car have a light steering feel that allows the driver to confidently push the limits .... again not Hyundais strong point. The competition in the hatchback market is getting very interesting but this car might grab your attention initially with looks .... its once you get at the controls do you realize this car needs alot more work to make driving this car fun when comparing the competition. But maybe that is enough to win some over .... not me ! Not impressed !
      audisp0rta4
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't really mind the driver side of the Veloster, but I hate the passenger side. Does that mean I get to sit on the fence?!
      • 2 Years Ago
      I really dig the looks of these, but was REALLY disappointed how worthless the back seat is. It's downright claustrophobic
        F150Soul
        • 2 Years Ago
        It's hard to drive from the backseat! JK... I think it's an oddball which makes it more attractive.
        Dayv
        • 2 Years Ago
        The back seat was less accomodating than the one in my old Integra, which is an accomplishment.
      FuelToTheFire
      • 2 Years Ago
      Anyone who has ever owned a Hyundai knows that they are easily the worst cars on America's roads today. Seriously, their interior quality and build quality is comparable to a Chinese car. I don't even know why they let Hyundai sell their POSs over here when they won't let some shitty Chinese companies sell their cars over here. Hyundais also have sterile handling and steering, and are very boring to drive in general. Hyundai has been caught lying about their mileage and hp statistics several times. Their reliability is also horrendous. A lot of trashy cheap people who can't afford anything else buy Hyundais because they look flashy. They don't know how crappy they are compared to other cars.
        bchreng
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        Take note kids, this guy is a trolling pro.
        G_Rock
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        Yep, pure troll.
        Andy Dufresne
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        I own a Hyundai, and it has great build quality. Easily better than my previous German and American cars. It has more than 400hp, is fast as hell, and its 5.0L V8 gets better mileage than my German V6. I get better than advertised mileage on my car, and still got a debit card from them for my troubles. Haven't had any issues with it in a year of ownership, and all my research prior to purchase showed great reliability; that's what led me to buy it. My car lists for $48 grand. I could've bought MANY amazing brands/models (according to YOUR expert opinion) instead of my car. I didn't, and I'm glad. Keep living in that bubble of yours... though I think you're just a frustrated Japanese car driver with a twisted Freudian complex.
        VDuB
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        Whens the last time you sat in one? 1999? Back to your algebra homework.
        Ryth
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        Yah their reliability is horrendous....ooooookkkkkaaaayyyy Obviously you haven't been in a korean car in the last 6+ years. I actually believe KIA is the better company of the two (in fact we traded in our Azera for the 2012 Optima...great great car). Peter Schreyer + the technology/reliability = a win/win scenario...can't wait for the next gen Optima and their GT.
        Matrix
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        your post is pure Trash, this is not the 90's anymore. I just sold my 2001 hyundai elantra a month ago with over 200k miles and was still running great, i got this car brand new in 01 and was one of the most reliable cars i ever owned. i take good care of my cars and always do scheduled maintenance on time. i own a mercedes now but will very likely buy another hyundai in the near future.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Matrix
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        Booster
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        Congratulations. That's the most closed minded thing I have ever read. I bet you never drove a Hyundai before. I'm on my 2nd Hyundai and they are truly innovative and reliable vehicles. I just handed down my first one to my daughter to go to college and it's problem free. I'm not rich or flashy I make a good income and could afford other makes but I'm always looking for good value and I've found that in my Hyundai. The matte finish of the Veloster is awesome, I hope that carries over to other vehicles. I'll be watching and reading this for updates. Thanks.
      luigi.tony
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sorry Autoblog writers. That's the ugliest car ever produced, and I want to vomit reading how you gush over this nasty automobile. All other publications get it correct. The car has horrible dynamics, doesn't deliver on what it promises, and in general is all flash in the pan.
        askroon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @luigi.tony
        Well they did say that you'd either love it or hate it. I personally love it (will have had my NA Veloster for 1 year this Wednesday).
      Devonblue4u
      • 2 Years Ago
      Car & Driver road test results 0-60: Veloster = 7.3 (6A = 6.8) $27,250 VW GTI = 6.4 (DSG = 6.1) $24,730 Civic Si = 6.3 $24,655 Mazdaspeed3 = 5.6 $25,840 Focus ST = 6.3 $28,170 If you love the look, buy it. If you prefer to drive rather than pose, I'm thinking there are better choices to be had...
        activex101
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Devonblue4u
        I love it when people use 0-60 times as a measure of a car in this class. I have a feeling none of the cars you listed were created with drag racing in mind. They're all slow.
          ChrisH
          • 2 Years Ago
          @activex101
          considering stop light launches are about the most excitement the majority get from the hot hatches I see no problem with this measurement. I have found through experience that most of these drivers back off really quickly on curvy roads and such... which boggles the mind. I mean, whats the point of having a fun handling car if your afraid of it getting loose in the curves? Besides with traction control, stability control, drunk driving assist, most of these cars are just plain hard to lose control of.
        tiguan2.0
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Devonblue4u
        So the GTI is cheaper. The GTI is far nicer and better built. and even though the GTI is several hundred pounds heaver with less HP, it's faster than the velosturd.
          Dayv
          • 2 Years Ago
          @tiguan2.0
          A comparably equipped GTI is *not* cheaper. I think it's a better car, but it's definitely a few thousand more.
        ajk724
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Devonblue4u
        Sonata Turbo = 6.1 $24,000 I know it's in a completely different class, but it's always fun to race and beat the above cars when the opportunity is there.
        Gorgenapper
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Devonblue4u
        The 0-60 - while important - doesn't concern me as much as the other things which make a driver's car...like steering feel, handling, composure of the car at given speeds, and shifter/clutch feel. I feel that Hyundai still has a lot of work to do to catch up to the vehicles mentioned above, and maybe they still don't realize that numbers alone aren't enough.
      Griffen427
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why would anyone shell out $27k for a Hyundai Veloster Turbo, when they can get a FR-S/BRZ for the same price?
        NightFlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Griffen427
        Because they aren't even in the same class, and wouldn't be cross shopped.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Griffen427
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        Justin Campanale
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Griffen427
        I like the FR-S, but they are simply different cars for different people. If you want performance and handling, you'd go with the FR-S. The Veloster would still have similar performance (probably not as fun to drive, though) but would have better fuel economy and would be more practical.
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